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Jane Rosenthal Reviews The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The Shining GirlsVerdict: stick

Anene Booysens and Reeva Steenkamp were alive and well while this novel was being written, so this fictional account of femicide seems horribly topical and comes while these traumas are still fresh in the memories of South African readers.

This is Beukes’s third novel and in a recent article the young writer was referred to as a “publisher’s dream”, and one could perhaps agree with that. But whether she is the readers’ dream is another matter. This reader was rather disappointed.

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